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Ed Drewitt - naturalist, author and wildlife detective

Ed is a local naturalist introducing people to wildlife and birdsong, and experiencing nature in an enjoyable way and leave wanting to see and hear more!

Attraction in or near Lydbrook


Exploring the stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley can come no better than a trip out with local naturalist Ed Drewitt.

Whether you would like to:

  • Listen for woodland birds on a dawn chorus or evening birdsong walk
  • Watch for wild boar or deer
  • Discover butterflies and trees
  • Or explore the forest for its special birds such as hawfinches, crossbills and peregrines

Ed is able to offer flexible walks and wildlife experiences for individuals, couples and groups of all ages, throughout the year.

Ed has been studying peregrines, our fastest bird, for 20 years and is author of the book Urban Peregrines. In the Forest he is part of the Gloucestershire Monitoring Raptor Group, surveying birds of prey including goshawks and peregrines.

Ed lives locally in the Forest of Dean and has been working across the west, showing people wildlife, teaching birdsong and developing learning resources for schools, for the past 20 years. He’s been a tour leader for Naturetrek for over ten years, taking people around the world to see wildlife. Ed often advises the BBC, including Springwatch, on wildlife and used to be a reporter for BBC Natural History Radio. 

Opening Times

Ed is available throughout the year, both weekdays and weekends. Booking is essential.

Depending on what you would like to see, early morning, mid-morning, evening and/or nocturnal activities are all possible.

Every season brings it's own unique variety of wildlife from wild daffodils and displaying goshawks in March, nightjars and deer in mid-summer, and crossbills and mandarin ducks in winter. Mid-March through to the end of April is a very good time for experiencing birdsong and the dawn chorus, while late February through to late April is ideal for spotting wild boar and their 'humbug' patterned young.

There are short periods when Ed might be away tour-leading or delivering other events. 


  • Activities
  • Attraction
  • Children welcome
  • Group Activities
  • Heritage
  • Nature
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Walking
  • Wellbeing


Enter your start address:

Depending on what you would like to see and do, location(s) would be flexible and arranged as part of the booking. 

  • Abergavenny
  • Chepstow
  • Cinderford
  • Clearwell
  • Coleford
  • Goodrich
  • Grosmont
  • Huntley
  • Longhope
  • Lydbrook
  • Lydney
  • Mitcheldean
  • Monmouth
  • Newent
  • Newland
  • Newnham
  • Parkend
  • Raglan
  • Ross-on-Wye
  • St Briavels
  • Symonds Yat
  • Tintern
  • Usk
  • Westbury-on-Severn


Prices are variable depending on duration and group size.

For a 2 hour experience, for example, an early bird walk or evening explore:

  • £100 total for groups up to 6 people;
  • £150 total for groups 7 to 10 people;
  • £100 total for family of four (2 adults and 2 children under 14)

For a day's experience (7 hours):

  • £200 total for groups up to 6 people;
  • £300 total for groups 7 to 10 people;
  • £200 total for family of four (2 adults and 2 children under 14)